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Soap­box time. And it’s a whim­si­cal lit­tle soap box to­day.

With the ar­rival of the chilly weather and the longer nights, I’m reach­ing for the knit­ting nee­dles and the pat­terns.

Each year, I try to knock out a cou­ple of things, even if they’re just ba­sic jer­seys for my kids (or some­one else’s).

What gets me, ev­ery time, is the cost of wool. Surely, in a coun­try with 60 mil­lion sheep, we should be able to get hold of some cheap wool? Even al­paca or merino? But nope, the cheap­est (de­cent) wool seems to come from Italy or Aus­tralia.

Long gone are the days of Mum at the spin­ning wheel with bags of wool to spin which would be­come cozy jumpers for the kids.

We can moan about the loss of hand­craft and tra­di­tion all we want, but while it’s more ex­pen­sive to Do It Your­self than it is to wear nasty acrylic throw­aways, we’re not go­ing to get the younger gen­er­a­tion to adopt those skills and they will be lost. And we’ll be the lesser for it. – Shan­non.

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